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Making the case for eco-system based adaptation

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N. Nyman
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This report highlights the experience of three pioneering countries -  Nepal, Peru and Uganda - where governments and civil society have joined hands, supported by the German Government’s International Climate Initiative, and worked with implementing partners UNDP, UNEP and IUCN, in piloting new approaches through the Mountain EbA Programme.

It suggests that the Mountain EbA programme has also facilitated a number of key interventions at the global scale, and has generated new evidence on the cost-effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation options.

This has involved testing new EbA interventions, such as stabilizing mountain slopes, that are vulnerable to erosion from more intense rains, with indigenous plants, which can be harvested and sold.

As the UN’s development network, UNDP promotes adaptation efforts like these that have multiple benefits, and create opportunities for poverty eradication and social inclusion.

The researchers show that demonstrating these benefits is a vital element of making the case for EbA, especially with communities.

The Global Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Mountain Ecosystems Programme was jointly implemented from 2011 to 2016 as a flagship programme of UNEP, UNDP and IUCN, funded by the Government of Germany through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), in partnership with the Governments of Nepal, Peru and Uganda. The programme was implemented at global level and at national level with pilot project work in mountain ecosystems in countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.